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Mar 27, 2017
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Debby Small
Apr 03, 2017
What Dementia is and What It's Not
 
 
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Reading Public School Administration Office
82 Oakland Rd
Reading, MA  01867
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The 6th Taste of Metro North is coming quickly to RMHS on March 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  All Reading Rotarians are asked to come at 3:30 to help set up and to sign up for duties during the event.  Many hands make light work.  Service Above Self.
 
Please make sure you have invited people.  Tickets are available in advance at the Taste website for $25 for an individual ($30 at the door) or $50 for a family ($60 at the door).  Please share with your friends.
Rotary District 7930 is putting together a softball league.  If you are interested in fielding a Reading team or joining with another team, see the info in the District Website for details.
If you have any news or stories about Rotary, our Club, a Rotarian, events for the calendar or anything noteworthy to share, you can let Tim Kelley know or email your story here.  You can also find Reading Rotary on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  All are encouraged to share our Club's good works online and beyond.  Our handle on each is @ReadingMaRotary. 
 
 
 
14 students from the RMHS Interact Club traveled to Philadelphia this past weekend to serve meals at the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, a soup kitchen serving homeless.  Interact served over 175 meals on Saturday evening.  The Interact also made fleece blankets for donation to Sunday Breakfast for distribution to their clients.  They also did some sightseeing of Philly, including visiting the Liberty Bell.  They toured the Philadelphia Museum of Art after first running the stairs made famous by Rocky.  Note that chaperone Dr. John Doherty won the race up the steps.  Reading Rotary presented a donation of $500 to Sunday Breakfast.  Interact Club Co-President Allie Foley, who coordinated the planning of the trip, said:  "We were excited to take this fieldtrip and see Philadelphia.  Giving service to people who are so needy made us feel good but also opens our eyes to how important it is to work to reduce homelessness and hunger."
Reading & North Reading Rotaries are once again bringing you the Taste of Metro North.  This year's event will be held on March 29 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the RMHS Fieldhouse.  Tickets are available online at the Taste of Metro North website.  Restaurants, now is the time to sign up.  Don't be left out.  We will hundreds of people sampling food from numerous places.  Business, you can sponsor, too.  Get your name out to our guests.  Information is on the Taste website.
 
Rotarian Tim Kelley presents Harrison Fiscus with a donation supporting his Eagle Scout Project.  Also pictured is Troop 702 Scoutmaster John Meyers.  
 
Harrison is a Life Scout in Troop 702 in Reading working to complete the Eagle rank.  Harrison's Eagle Project was to construct a sixty one foot long boardwalk on a trail in Town Forest.  The trail was  extremely muddy and a hazard for hikers.  Harrison's project added to the network of boardwalks throughout the Town Forest.  Harrison had to plan with and get the approval of the Town Forest Committee, the Trails Committee and Conservation in Town.  A Boy Scout Eagle Project must help a non-profit or community entity for the improvement of the community.  Troop 702 Boy Scouts have completed many Projects in the Town Forest.

 

Reading Rotary's donation is part of an initiative in Rotary District 7930 to forge a partnership with Boy and Girl Scouts as there is a natural commonality of purpose in these organizations.  Reading Rotary is happy to be able to help Harrison achieve his lifelong goal of obtaining the Eagle Scout Rank. Harrison's Project was completed this past fall.

Congratulations, Harrison!

   
To raise awareness and critically-needed funds to fight polio, one dozen members from the Reading Rotary Club and Rotary-sponsored RMHS Interact Club joined over 250 volunteers and Rotarians who plunged into the icy waters off of Gloucester as part of the Rotary District 7930’s 7th Annual Polar Plunge on February 4th. The effort benefited The Rotary Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership that also includes the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This year’s effort raised over $55,000 thus far and will again be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. At just 60 cents per vaccine, the effort will pay for over a quarter of a million polio vaccines for children worldwide. This year’s event added to the over $510k raised by local Rotary clubs since the Polar Plunge began seven years ago. “The pain of dunking is worth it because this is such a vitally important cause worldwide,” said Plunger and Reading Rotary President KC Latham.

The Polar Plunge comes at an important time in the fight to eradicate polio, which would be only the second human disease to be eradicated. Case numbers of the disease have never been lower, and only three countries (Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan) have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus. However, a funding gap means immunization campaigns are being cut in high-risk countries, leaving children more vulnerable to polio. If polio isn’t stopped now, the disease could stage a comeback, affecting an estimated 200,000 children every year.
 
Rotary, a humanitarian service organization with nearly 34,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas, made polio eradication its top priority in 1985. Rotary has since contributed US$1.2 billion, and its members have logged countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. Overall, remarkable progress has been achieved in the fight against polio. Since 1988, the number of polio cases has been reduced by 99.9%. The Americas were declared free from polio in 1994, the Western Pacific region in 2000, and Europe in 2002. A highly infectious disease, polio still strikes children mainly under the age of five in parts of Africa and South Asia. Polio can cause paralysis and sometimes death. One Rotarian noted, “We’re going to fight this crippling disease until the end because Rotary keeps promises.” 

Rotary District 7930 will hold its 6th annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 4th, at Long Beach in Gloucester at 11:15 am. The event is part of Rotary International’s ongoing campaign to eradicate polio in our lifetime.

Since 1985, Polio has become the signature cause for Rotary International as it has teamed up with partners including The Global Poverty Project, The Global Eradication Initiative, The World Health Organization, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since that time, more than a billion dollars have been raised among Rotary clubs worldwide and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. When Rotary International took on the battle against this disease, more than 350,000 people spanning 125 countries were impacted. Today there are three countries left where it has not been eradicated: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

This year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has again pledged a 2:1 match for every dollar Rotarians raise toward eradication efforts (up to $35 million/year until 2018). For as little as $0.60, a donation can make the difference in changing a person’s life. Please support your local Rotarians as they plunge into the icy waters off Gloucester to help eradicate polio in our lifetime.  Reading Rotary hopes to raise $5,000 toward the District’s goal of raising $125,000.  We are using an electronic fundraising process. Please to log on to the Reading Rotary Page and make a pledge to help Rotarians lead the way to eradicate this dreaded disease.

A fun morning with another version of Reading's Adopt-a-Family.  100 donors came in with full meals and gifts for the children of 50 families in need in this area.  Their generosity is heartwarming especially when we see our senior citizens giving to the next generation of families.  Brian Snell again did an amazing job organizing this service.  Reading Cares, the DPW and Reading Rotary work together  to set up and deliver to recipients.  It was a fun atmosphere and put all the volunteers in the Spirit of the Holidays.  If you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah or any other Holiday, it's all good when you are helping people in need.  Wishing all good health and more laughs in 2017.
 
Reading Rotary is proud to support Mission of Deeds.  Mission of Deeds is a non-profit in Reading which provides furniture, bedding, housewares, etc. to those in need. They serve men, women, and children of all ages, including: veterans, disadvantaged families, the previously homeless, survivors of domestic abuse, refugees, the elderly, survivors of fire and other disasters, and those with disabilities. Over 70 percent of the households served have children under 18, and most live at or below the federal poverty level.  Their sole mission is to provide basic home necessities, without charge, to those in need. If you need help, or if you know someone who does, please call MOD at 781-944-9797.
 
Please view this video from Mission of Deeds.  During this Holiday Season, it is important to remember why Service is so important to Rotary and to our friends at the Mission of Deeds.
 
Pictured:  Rotarian Tim Kelley presents MOD Board Member Art Triglione and Director Bruce Murision with Reading Rotary's $500 contribution.
 
 
Rotary Readers are visiting all Kindergarten classes in Reading to read and give Literacy Bags to each student. Literacy is one of the 6 main focus areas of Rotary throughout the world.  
 
Reading Rotary welcomes a new President, KC Latham.  As of December 1, KC takes over the day to day President role.  KC is a long time, second generation Reading Rotarian and a Past President.  He can be found at Davis, Clark & Latham Insurance or captaining his boat.  For your insurance or fishing needs, see KC.  Technically, KC is Co-President with John Doherty and Tim Kelley.  We had an unexpected vacancy in the Presidency as of July and KC, John and Tim have be tasked with dividing up the role for the year.  KC was the founding Chair of the Reading Rotary Auction.  Please feel free to contact KC, John or Tim regarding anything Club related.  Thanks, KC!
 
Our speaker at today's meeting was John Slattery from Cure Alzheimer's Fund.  Cure Alzheimer's is a charitable organization for medical research to find a cure for Alzheimer's Disease.  Reading Rotary has supported to Cure Alzheimer's and both have been involved in establishing a Rotary Action Group for Alzheimer's.  Cure Alzheimer's can be found here.
 
Our 17th Annual Fall Auction was a great time and a tremendous success!  200 guests packed Montvale Plaza with outstanding energy.  Heartfelt thank yous go out to all our Sponsors, Donors, Members, Guests, Friends and Family Members who came together for a great time and to raise funds for Reading Rotary's many community service commitments.  This was a remarkable community effort.  We can't thank you enough for your support!
 
Pictured below, Steve Chuha and John Doherty induct Debby Small into membership of Reading Rotary.  Debby is a longtime Reading Resident and has been very active in the community including with the Chamber of Commerce.  Debby is Director of Community Relations with Artis Senior Living, which will be opening in Reading on the old Eric's Greenhouse site.
Reading Rotary is now on the scoreboard at the RMHS football field.  
 
Again this fall, Reading Rotary will be running the Snack Shack at the RMHS football field for the Friday Night football games.  Please come by and see us and grab a snack and a drink.
 
President Katherine Felpel has announced that she reluctantly needs to step down as Club President.  Katherine has been offered a new employment opportunity as a bank examiner.  Due to travel and other schedule issues, she cannot continue as President.  Katherine will remain a member of Reading Rotary.
 
Tim Kelley will serve as Club President from now through November.  KC Latham will take on the President role from December through February and Dr. John Doherty will finish out the Rotary year.  Tim, KC and John are each Past Presidents and are looking forward to a productive and fun year.
 
As always, the public is invited to our Monday lunch meetings.  Please come to check out what Rotary is all about.
 
Below are DGN Bob Wood, co-President Tim Kelley, DG Sheryl Meehan, AG Jim Major and DGE Dave Gardner at DG Sheryl's visit to Reading on Aug. 1.
 
 
 
 
Rotarians, Mark Beckley and David Burnham, making cotton candy at Friends and Family Day on June 11, 2015.
 
The Rotary Club of Reading recently participated in a project with End Hunger New England to prepare, pack and pay for 30,000 meals. Members of the Rotary Club joined a team of over 70 Rotarians, friends and family at the Non-Profit Center in Boston on an early Saturday morning in May. The project started at 7:30 am when Rotarians brought the production line and raw materials from curb side on South Street up to the second floor where the event was held. Matthew Martin, the area director for Outreach, Inc., parent company of End Hunger New England, provided a brief overview of their mission and instructions on how to maximize the process.
 
As part of the Rotary District 7930's Conference and Assembly, the project funded the first 10,000 fortified macaroni and cheese meals. Project Coordinator and Stoneham Rotarian David Gardner explained, "It was up to those in attendance to package those meals as well as fund the additional meals to reach our goal of 30,000 meals. As the meals were packaged and the results reported, the donations began. Peabody Rotary began with an initial donation of $500 and Stoneham, Topsfield/Boxford/Middleton Rotary, Wakefield Rotary, and Winchester Rotary followed suit with matching pledges." Reading Rotary also contributed $500.  An additional $1,750 was donated personally by volunteers during project. By the end, with the final pledge of $250 from the Rotary District, the project fully funded the 30,000 meals.
 
Already, the delivery process has begun with meals being delivered to our local community food pantries and outreach centers. Rotary District Governor David Manzi noted, “We’re well aware that many people in our communities are just a paycheck away from needing their local pantry. It’s been our honor to begin our Homelessness and Hunger Initiative this year and seemed appropriate that we spend some time during our conference in service to others.” Reading Rotary Club President Bob Hayes added, “We at Reading Rotary are especially glad to work on another hunger project; we have Rotarians delivering food from the Boston Food Bank to the Reading Food Pantry every week all year.  So this kind of community service means a lot to us.”
Students and faculty from Austin Prep spoke to the Reading Rotary on May 2 about their service trip to rural Peru.   AP students, Pedro, Kate and Crystal were our Speakers.  They were among 18 total students on a trip this February who dedicated their off time to help those in need. They were accompanied by two AP faculty members, including Reading Rotarian Michael McLaughlin, Head of Austin Prep Middle School.
 
They traveled to the Sacred Valley of the Incas near Cusco and Machu Picchu.  They stayed with host families and preformed community service, including painting classrooms in the Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Urubamba.  They mixed bricks the traditional way, with their feet, and repaired walls and improved paths leading to the school in the Andes.  They also had the chance to visit the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu and learn salsa dancing.
 
The student speakers were very impressive as they related how these families in this very remote area had so little, including limited access to sanitary facilities and clean water.  The Austin students also interacted with homeless children putting together packs of items and food and distributing them.  This was a first time Austin conducted this service trip to Peru, but there are hopes to be able to repeat this service project.
 
Thanks to Salem Five and Shelley Murray for being such great hosts for our Rotary Social on April 27.  It was a great opportunity to socialize with Rotarians and friends.  Salem Five also generously donated a door prize.  The winner:  Chris Kelley.
     
 
Max McMillan and Angela Cincis (Home Base Vet Outreach Coordinator) spoke to us on today regarding Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation program for Veteran support.  Max, a 1980 RMHS grad, is running the Run to Home Base to raise funds for Home Base.  He has created a team, Team GJH, in honor of Reading childhood friend General Jack Hammond, Director of Home Base.  Max's Team goal is to raise $1 million over 20 years for Home Base.  Run To Home Base will be run on July 23.  It is a 9K race which starts and finishes at Fenway Park.  Team GJH is having its First Annual team GJH Fundraiser at Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury, Massachusetts on June 11.
 
Home Base provides clinical care to returning Veterans and their families.  It is partnered with MGH.
 
Reading Rotary is donating $1,000.00 to Team GJH.
 
You can donate to Team GJH here or reach them on Facebook.  You can reach Max by email here for info regarding the Fundraiser (Sponsorships, Donations or Tickets).
 
Home Base can be found here, on Facebook or Twitter.
 
 
Pictured are Rotarian Brian Snell, Max McMillan and Angela Cincis.
 
 
 
Rotary's campaign to eradicate Polio has some well known supporters
 
 
And here's U2's Bono.
 
 
Cadette Girl Scout Samantha presented her Silver Award Project to Reading Rotary on March 28.  She is raising money to install Buddy Benches at all 5 Reading elementary Schools.  Reading Rotary has agreed to purchase one of the benches.  Most Silver Award Projects are group projects, however, Samantha is working on this project by herself.  A Buddy Bench is a place at the playground for children to sit when they can use a Buddy to play with.  Donations can be maid to the Buddy Bench Fund c/o Gibbs, 9 Priscilla Road, Reading or contact Lisa Gibbs for details.  Sammy gave an impressive presentation. 
Reading Rotary Charitable Trust is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.  Donors can deduct contributions under IRC Section 170, including tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts.  Reading Rotary Charitable Trust's EIN is 47-7416401.
Please mark your calendars for Bunco Game Night on January 30, 2016.  This is a fun and popular event lead by Brian Crosby.  The dice will be flying at The Residence at Pearl Street (formerly called Longwood Place), 75 Pearl Street.  Doors open at 7 pm.
 
Eleven brave (crazy?) Team Members representing Reading Rotary and RMHS Interact plunged into the ocean at Long Beach, Gloucester on Saturday, Jan 23.  Rotarians, John Doherty, Gregg Johnson, KC Latham, Kathy Felpel and David Chase along with RMHS students, TJ Kelley, Sam Johnson, Alex May, Camille Arel and Abbie Novello, plus 12 year old Alyssa Felpel braved brutal winds and a wicked undertow to dunk for Polio Eradication.  Team Reading has raised over $6,200 to date, but it is not too late to donate.  You may donated online (https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/polio/team/Reading%20Rotary), by check (payable to Rotary Foundation) or with cash.
 
 
Jim Major presented President Bob a Certificate of Appreciate for Reading Rotary's support of the District Rotoplast Project.  The Rotoplast team performed 122 cleft palate surgeries during its mission to the Philippines in 2015.
 
A shout out to our own Dr. John Doherty whose stewardship over the Reading Public Schools was recognized on the front page of the Jan. 6 Boston Globe.  Congrats for the well deserved recognition, John!  A great example of service to the children of Reading.
 
Reading Rotarians along with RMHS Interact Students are participating in the Polar Plunge for polio eradication.  Dr. John Doherty, Gregg Johnson and KC Latham are among those braving the icy waters for this District 7930 Fundraiser. 
 
Your donation will help the cold waters feel warmer.  To donate online:  https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/polio/team/Reading%20Rotary
 
The Reading Rotary Club is pleased to announce that Dr. Jim Hickey, Sue Belanger, Kelly Herrity and Michael McLaughlin, all staff members from Austin Preparatory School have been has been inducted as the our members.  Austin Prep has become a corporate member of Reading Rotary.  Corporate membership is a new membership category that Reading Rotary has recently implemented.  Dr. Hickey, the Headmaster at Austin, told us that he was pleased that he and several of his fellow AP staff members could join Rotary as AP is looking for ways to expand its involvement in the Reading community. 
 
Austin is an independent Catholic school for boys and girls from grades six through twelve.  Austin was founded by the Augustinian Order in Reading in 1961.  Dr. Hickey was appointed Headmaster in 2013 and has overseen a major development effort including the recent opening of a brand new, state of the art, lighted football field.  We are proud to have Austin represented in our Club once again!
This week Reading Rotarians will be visiting the Kindergarten classes in all 5 Reading elementary schools to read stories and give each Kindergarten student reading books together with a drawstring backpack.  This Reading Rotary project is in RI's Literacy Area of Focus.  Our Project was inspired by Mary Kate Kelley's Girl Scout Gold Award Project.  Mary Kate is one of the founding members and a Past President of the RMHS Interact Club. 
Going to Reading Education Foundation's Festival of Trees?  Come by and say hi to us.  We'll be selling Cotton Candy.
 
The Festival of Trees is being held Sat., Dec. 5, 12 -9, and Sun., Dec. 6, 10-5 at the Parker Middle School.
 
For info, you can visit REF's website.
Are you heading to the Reading Football game on Thanksgiving morning?  Fuel up at the Reading Rotary & RMHS Interact Pancake Breakfast at the RMHS Cafeteria.  Breakfast is 8-10 am.  $10 for Adults; $5 for Kids; Under 5 Free.  Plus, you can purchase your Football Game tickets at the Breakfast and avoid a long line.
 
When you're at the Game, please stop by the Snack Shack and say hi to the Rotarians!
Our Fall Auction was a great success.  We had a fantastic time and raised a lot of funds for Reading Rotary's local, national and international community service projects.  Thank you so much to all our Sponsors, Donors, Guests and Family Members without whom we could not make it happen.  This year's Auction had the most Guests and raised more money than any previous event.  Thanks again to all and come back next year!
16th Annual Reading Rotary Auction
Friday, Nov. 20, 2015.  Doors Open at 6:30 pm
Hillview Country Club, 149 North St., North Reading, MA
 
FALL AUCTION
Live & Silent Auctions, Buffet Dinner, Cash bar, Drawings, DJ
 
 
Reading Rotary will be holding our 16th Auction Fundraiser.  What we have run as an Oktoberfest Auction for the past several years will this year be on Friday, November 20 at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading.  Please save the date and come support Rotary and all our community causes.
Reading Rotary will take over operation of the Snack Shack at the RMHS Football Field.
Our Club will continue to meet at the Superintendent's Office at RMHS.
For the Month of July, we will meet at the Reading Public School Administration Office.
Please note that we are now meeting at Bertucci's at 45 Walkers Brook Drive, Reading.  Our regular venue, Sanborn Place, is temporarily unavailable for our meetings.  Please check our website and calendar for changes.  Thanks for understanding and we hope to see you as a visitor to Reading Rotary.
RMHS Robotics Team members came to thank us for our support
We were glad to participate in Reading Education Foundation's (REF) Festival of Trees at Parker this weekend, Dec. 6-7.
Please mark your calendars for Bunco Game Night on January 31, 2015.  This is a fun and popular event lead by Brian Crosby.  The dice will be flying at The Residence at Pearl Street (formerly called Longwood Place), 75 Pearl Street.  Doors open at 6 pm.
RYLA Students Visit Rotary
Thanks to all who helped make our Oktoberfest Auction a great success. Our 15th Annual Auction looks to be our most successful event.  We worked hard and had a great time and hope all our guests did, too.  Thanks to our Sponsors, our Donors, Family and Friends who worked behind the scenes, and to our Guests/Bidders.
 
Proceeds will go to many local and world wide causes.
 
And finally, thanks to Auctioneers, Hans and Franz!
 
Happy Oktoberfest!
Congratulations to the RMHS Interact Club for earning a Presidential Citation for their great work.  We are very proud of our Interacters for starting this Club three  years ago and making is a thriving example of community service.  Great job!
Congratulations to Reading Schools and Superintendent/Reading Rotary President Elect, Dr. John Doherty, for recognition by the US Department of Education.  US Ed Sec, Arne Duncan, will visit Coolidge Middle School on Wed., Mar. 12, 2014, for roundtable discussion with Reading staff and others regarding the progress and benefits of implementing current initiatives.  Reading was chosen because of Reading’s leadership with several state initiatives and its commitment to prepare students for college and career readiness.
Please come join us for lunch to see what Rotary is all about.  We meet most Mondays at Sanborn Place at 12:15 for lunch.  In lieu of our regular Monday meeting usually once a month we have a Rotary Social Night at a local restaurant or business on a Wednesday evening.  See our calendar for dates.
 
 
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